Dreams Do Come True
As a career Postal employee, Bob Quick’s dreams were immense; to own and build a golf course. Martha, his life’s partner shared and nurtured those dreams with him. In 1984 he located the perfect acreage on the Alberda Angus Ranch with it’s meandering canals and natural beauty.
After making contact with the matriarch of the ranch, Dorothy Alberda, he presented his plan to her and her three sons, Jon, George and Doug in her kitchen. He had gotten a promise from all of them that “they could not laugh”, while he presented a business idea to them. Yet, when he said he would like to lease their land to build a golf course, Dorothy burst out laughing and wondered if he knew any Dutchman that played golf?”
Bob then went to work tirelessly putting his design on quarter inch graph paper. Bob created the design and engineered the entire construction. He and his brother, Harley labored putting in all the pipe and electric for the irrigation system. Bob built each green to PGA specifications. He hired Roe and Son Construction to do the earth moving and to bring the Robert C. Quick design to life in the 27 hole Championship Course that we enjoy today at Cottonwood Hills.
This was the original rate card for Cottonwood Hills. Notice the "Lifetime Pass" that no one purchased!
View of the front 9 par 3's.
This is a view looking down #4 before the maintenance building was constructed.
A view of #10 fairway from the clubhouse.
The one thing you count on never changing are the beautiful Bridger Mountains.
View from #3 Green
Here you're looking at #1 green and #2 tee box.
#6 Tee Box
This view has remained through the years as the cottonwoods were mature in the beginning.
Clubhouse Practice Green
This practice green remains the same to date, minus the fence.
First Newspaper Advertisement
The original Bozeman Daily Chronicle Ad.
#12 Green Design
This is one of many perfect greens that were originally created on 1/4 inch graph paper.
Back of #9 green
Cottonwoods and Clubhouse
Our two signature cottonwood trees still create the perfect backdrop.
Bridge coming off #11
This is one of the original two bridges you would cross on the back 9.
#5 Tee Box
Notice the lack of tree trouble on the right.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle's first write up on Cottonwood Hills Golf Course.
Bill Larson became Cottonwood's Head Pro in 1986, famously via a handshake deal with Bob Quick. During his 30+ years at Cottonwood Hills, the "Gentleman Golfer" left an indelible mark and a tradition of ethical professionalism that remains a guiding principle of our course.